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Invincible - animated series on Amazon
« on: March 26, 2021, 05:04:45 PM »
The first three episodes are available today. I watched them this morning and enjoyed them. It's tough to make a full judgement because I'm very familiar with the source material, and when that happens you find your self just making comparisons all the time.

It's got one heck of a voice cast.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invincible_(TV_series)

Re: Invincible - animated series on Amazon
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2021, 10:04:07 PM »
I watched the first 3 last night. I have the complete comic collection on my hard drive, and read the first 1 or 2 and then didn't carry on. I think I didnt really give it a chance to be fair, jumping ship before it got a bit deeper in terms of narrative and voice. Seemed a bit bog standard "kids becomes a super hero" fare on the surface level like.
The TV series has shown me that I shouldve pressed on. I think its done superbly and has a sort of 90s King of the Hill vibe to it, as well as being pleasingly reminiscent of Venture Bros (I'm sure many will make a comparison to said siblings). It's great to see an animated series with episodes clocking in at 45 mins instead of 20; I've always wanted that. Despite some really out there action scenes theres something about the whole vibe and world that I find to be incredibly relaxing to get lost in of an evening. Looking forward to the second half of the series, and hope they haven't used up all the comics content in on season (judging by my torrents size I'd imagine that won't be the case)

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Re: Invincible - animated series on Amazon
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2021, 08:01:45 AM »
Serious tonal whiplash in that first episode; apart from that one guy getting shot in the eye, and the odd mild swear, it was kids cartoon material until the bit at the end. I guess I'll force down one or two more to see if that last fight is hinting at something more distinctive. I don't really trust Kirkman though -- I hate the Walking Dead, comic and TV both, and really don't remember liking the comic of Invincible, although I only read a teensy bit of that, so I try not to hold that against him.

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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2021, 05:56:18 PM »
The Youtube algorithm was bombarding me with clips from this (and there hadn't been any other new superhero shows for a few days) so I binged this over the last few evenings. It passed the time. I might have felt more invested, if the aforementioned Youtube clips hadn't spoiled most of the big plot points. To be fair the first episode was good enough that it still managed to come as a bit of a shock when Omni Man attacked the other superheroes.

I think its done superbly and has a sort of 90s King of the Hill vibe to it, as well as being pleasingly reminiscent of Venture Bros
Did we watch the same King of the Hill? Other than Agent Donald looking a bit like a grown up Bobby, I don't really see any similarities to that. I've only watched a few episodes of Venture Brothers[1], but that seemed to be an obvious deconstruction/comedy take on the genre, which I didn't really get from Invincible. I guess all the blood and guts are meant to be the realistic consequences of superpowered violence, but the rest of the show is pretty much indistinguishable from something like Young Justice, so it mostly just seems gratuitous. That said, the big fight in last episode was genuinely quite gut wrenching.

Random thoughts:
I kept expecting Omni Man to say "Not my tempo" during one of the training scenes.

Mark can lift objects weighing many tons and doesn't even need to push against the ground to do so - and yet, baddies weighing 20-odd stone can pin him down, just by stepping on him?

Is it meant to be some sort of joke/wordplay that the men of Viltrum all cover their filtrum? Are they like Samson, but just with the hair on their upper lips?

Wouldn't the Mauler Twins instantly know exactly which one is the clone, judging by which table they wake up on?
 1. because it wasn't funny and I couldn't be bothered trudging through three series of it before it supposedly gets good

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Re: Invincible - animated series on Amazon
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2021, 11:17:34 AM »
Definitely a spoiler The Mauler Twins address the not knowing who's a clone thing - they had to design the process so it's is impossible to know who is the clone, because knowing you're a clone "ends badly" - in a bit of foreshadowing for Rudy. Doesn't explicitly explain why they don't know from which table they're on, but I just assume some magic of the process confuses the issue.

This is the sort of thing I'm a sucker for. Agree the violence and gore felt a bit tacked on, and like they had to make it "adult". It does become sort of relevant towards the end though.
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I guess all the blood and guts are meant to be the realistic consequences of superpowered violence,
That doesn't really work though as a realistic consequence would be Mark being terribly traumatised and barely able to function.


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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2021, 01:22:33 PM »
That doesn't really work though as a realistic consequence would be Mark being terribly traumatised and barely able to function.
True, it does rather gloss over the psychological effects of parental abuse, but that last fight scene did effectively portray how terrifying it would be to have superpowered individuals smashing everything (and everyone) to pieces. The sort of thing that Man of Steel was criticised for ignoring.

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Re: Invincible - animated series on Amazon
« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 06:44:38 AM »
I binged all 8 episodes yesterday and thought it was brilliantly done. 10/10 No Spoliers, but the train scene...

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